Tom Sweeney

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Put yourself out there and be found!

Posted by sweens on October 15, 2009


I have taken it upon myself to do a lot of research on the recruitment industry and if there was one thing that popped up over and over again it was this message:  if you want the right job to come to you, put yourself out there!

 I am sure this sounds obvious to most of you. But when you really start to think of it, how “out there” are you?  Is your resume on Workopolis? Do you have a LinkedIn account? What about a Facebook account? Do you have a blog? A website? Is your name on published documents?

 I am not saying that you should join every social network or post your resume on every site but I am saying that you should think about your own presence online. The fact of the matter is, if you are a talented and skilled worker in the tech industry, you should definitely make yourself available to be found. The labour industry is facing some incredible challenges and companies are always looking for talented people. But, those opportunities won’t always come your way if you are hiding in your office cubicle.

 It should also be said that recruiters are always vying for that coveted passive candidate, which means we are desperately looking for that person that is not looking for us.  So, hate to break it to you, but if you are the kind of person that applies incessantly to job offers, you are not exactly putting yourself out there in a way that gets results. You are better off making a name for yourself on LinkedIn writing comments on blogs and even joining “Talent Pools” for specific industries (jobs that go to you). The point is, get your ideas, your achievements, your personality posted in areas that will be seen and opportunities might just come knocking on your door.

 You would be surprised how many candidates, both passive and active, have been turned on to new opportunities which were made possible by the powers of social networking, and the ability to be found.  So, there you have it: make yourself known, make yourself accessible and make yourself found.  What is the worst thing that could happen??

**Article inspired by Jane and Marta**

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2 Responses to “Put yourself out there and be found!”

  1. Abishek Sampath said

    Hi Tom,

    I have to thank you: after having read your post here, I’m inspired to get into the whole networking thing. I’m creating a Workopolis account as I write this!

    My LinkedIn strategy is undefined, but hey, at least I’m on there and trying to hit 100% completion. Are there any other tips you’d like to give us about specific strategies to connect with people? I’d appreciate your advice!

    Thanks, and keep up the blog work!
    Abi.

    SQA, Neosaej Corp.
    Burlington MA 01803.

  2. sweens said

    Abi,

    It depends on your goal through networking. Some people will connect to anyone (LION – LinkedIn Open Networker) and connecting with those people give you access to large networks. Other people are looking for a focused networking in which case I suggest you join as many niche groups of interest to you and connect with those members.

    Tom

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